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“It all started at a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, CA”..My First week as a SAP Mentor…my first SAPPHIRE as a Mentor

A few days after of getting the call from Mark Finnern telling me that I was named as a SAP Mentor, I calmed down, and then thought of what Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show said after winning the Teddy Award…”it all started in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, CA”ted



“Be open to anything and attached to nothing” – this was my motto this week as a new SAP Mentor.

What a great first week as a SAP Mentor.  As a Certified Public Accountant, a certified Project Management Professional, with 5 SAP certifications, and as a 2009 ASUG Service Award winner, becoming a SAP Mentor tops all of these achievements because it comes after working 13 years with SAP.  I agree with what SAP Mentor Dennis Howlett has said – it is an honor and privilege to be a SAP Mentor.

Here’s my quick recap of SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG 2010:
Sunday, Day 1 started with a great BI Roadmap session by Dan Kearnan, SAP, a great afternoon ASUG Utilities conference session, and the night ending by my receiving a mentor plaque and shirt.  Mentor

Monday Day 2:

I attended new fellow SAP Mentor Ann Rosenberg‘s excellent session “Business Modeling Management: Framework for Business Innovation and Transformation”.  I will attempt to blog regarding all the things I learned during this session.  I learned too that Ann has a new SAP Press book coming out – click here for details. I have pre-ordered my book already.

I attended an SAP Usability session, but I signed a form that said I couldn’t talk about it.

We had more great mentor meetings, then Vijay Vijayasankar and I attempted to get into Ingo Hilgefort’s “Pick the Right SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Tool” session – we were turned away as it was more than full with crowds outside the door.  I am the ASUG BI Program Chair and I was still turned away!  Thanks to the false fire alarm, however, I was let back in when asked if I would moderate the session.  

Tuesday Day 3:

Attended Mentor meetings where Certification was discussed.  I also attended a packed house session given by Jay Roble, General Mills, on lessons learned regarding implementing BusinessObjects Data Services.

I also attended Coca Cola’s Workflow Session, Union Pacific’s Session on Universal Worklist – both were outstanding in terms of presentation and content. I had the honor of handling the drawing for Sue Keohan‘s best-selling SAP Press SAP Workflow book.

ASUG Reception: Tuesday Night

 ASUG Reception










This is a picture of me and fellow ASUG Volunteer Rudy Julian.  At this reception, fellow mentors Gretchen Lindquist and Jim Spath won ASUG awards:




Wednesday, Day 3

I waited 40 minutes at the convention session trying to check in my bag; technical difficulties.  I was not late to Katie Beavers packed session on Advanced Analysis (separate blog coming).

Then I spent time in the ASUG booth.  * Thanks to Katie Newlon for providing most of the photos.

Final Thoughts:

It was great to finally meet Mark Finnern, who has quickly answered all of my questions.  I enjoyed spending more time with Sue Keohan, my fellow ASUG volunteer.  She is a true Mentor to me, always providing profound and excellent guidance. She is a force of nature!

It was a pleasure to finally meet Vijay Vijayasankarin person, whose blogs I always follow and read.  Same can be said for Blag.  I also met and spoke with Owen Pettiford, who explained BPM/BMPN and referred me to his website.

Jon Reed – I have been reading and following you for years, starting with SAPTips and jonerp.  I truly enjoyed being in on the C5 discussions; I hope there is an open panel discussion on the topic at TechED. 

Marilyn Pratt – awesome to meet you in person, and thank you for always patiently supporting me in blogging and providing tips for improvement.

Ingo Hilgefort – my personal thanks for all you have done for me and ASUG. I bought your first SAP Press book before I even met you; you have been a tremendous help to ASUG since you became our SAP POC late last year.  Thank you for continuing to challenge me to become a better volunteer.


Joerg Nalik – many thanks for your book, SAP Guidelines for Best-Built Applications, which I will blog about later.  I read this book on the plane ride home.

A final special thanks to Jim Spath, who has always gone above and beyond in supporting me as an ASUG Volunteer and now as a SAP Mentor.  


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      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan
      These past few months - working with you on the Workflow and BPM SIG of ASUG - has been truly remarkable for me.  I am so pleased that SAP has also acknowledged your commitment to your multiple communities!  You are truly an asset to the various communities - ASUG, BI, WF/BPM, and now SAPMentors. 

      I am looking forward to a long and fruitful association with you, both personally, and professionally.


      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      I forgot to mention in my note that in some of the sessions multiple people were looking for YOU!!  Fortunately, you told me where you would be.  I am fortunate to be associated with such a great group of people such as you.


      Author's profile photo Marilyn Pratt
      Marilyn Pratt
      Thanks so much for the shout out. Seems you sure got blogging down and turned around some of the most comprehensive reporting jobs during the Sapphirenow/Asug event.
      You've done it all on your own merits though, and are accomplished enough to mentor others in blogging.
      Glad you are now one of the latest mentorettes  (think your ASUG pals coined that phrase or was it one of the Mark(2x)?).  I've enjoyed your coverage and perspectives here enormously. Please keep your thouhts and opinions flowing here.
      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      I did have a conversation with Sue earlier this year that at first I found blogging on SDN to be a little intimidating, but I found supportive feedback from both you and Jim Spath.  It helped keep me going!

      Many thanks,

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Tammy, it was great meeting you at SAPPHIRE, and chatting about BI and certification and so on. As you would have noticed, it is very seldom that all mentors agree on any given topic. That is what makes this an amazing group - we can disagree and still be great friends. And you fit right in - and I am proud to work alongside you in the mentor program. And do blog more - you have a nice writing style.
      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
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      My only regret is not meeting the other Mentors more, and missing the Agile discussion in the lounge area...I hope we meet up at TechED to discuss more certification topics as well.